Regional updates: Africa

The sex worker rights movement in Africa has been advocating for sex work to be recognised as work for nearly twenty years now. With regard to sex work, African countries fall in three broadly distinct groups. First, those countries that criminalise the sex worker; second, those countries that do not criminalise sex work but do not recognise it as work (e.g. DRC, Burundi, Cameroun, Mali, Algeria); the third group recognises sex work as work even though it is still considered to be an illegal activity (e.g. South Africa, Kenya).  

1st July 2014 by NSWP

Sex Workers Education and Advocacy taskforce (SWEAT), Sisonke Sex Workers Movement and TB/HIV Care Association are concerned by the tone and ramifications of the Daily Voice article published on 17 June 2014 titled: “Land of hookers and Aids – Blikkiesdorp’s prossies reveal shocking lives.

The article stated that “Blikkiesdorp, created by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, is nothing more than a gang-infested slum of nearly 15000 people rife with crime and prostitution.”

27th June 2014 by NSWP

Being a sex worker in Africa is becoming even more difficult with restrictive laws being passed in a number of countries. Various countries have started to take deliberate actions to restrict the human rights of sex workers by imposing legislation or by-laws that ban sex workers  from working.  In several countries, including the DRC, Cameroon, and Kenya sex work is not illegal but most activities surrounding sex work such as managing a brothel or soliciting are.

17th June 2014 by NSWP

Uganda's Anti-Pornography Act, was signed into law by President Y. Museveni on February 6, 2014. This act has had disastrous consequences for women in Uganda since its assension. Numerous women, including female sex workers, have been harrassed (sexually and otherwise) and/or assaulted by mobs who target women they deem to be 'sexually exciting' men as one of the vague terms in the wording of the act stipulate. 

23rd May 2014 by NSWP

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), implemented a global project to identify and document best practices undertaken by sex workers in carrying out programmes related to sex work and HIV; to identify and document issues of sex workers and their access to HIV‑related treatment and the impact of free trade on this access; and to identify and document the impact of programmes relating to HIV directed at sex workers which fail to include a human rights‑based approach.

16th May 2014 by NSWP

NSWP values diversity and encourages applications from individuals with sex work experience and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.We are still seeking a regional correspondent to research and write up the history of NSWP and the sex worker rights movement in LATIN AMERICA.

12th May 2014 by NSWP

File 1394Image Credit (c) WOPI

NSWP meber, Women in Power Initiative (WOPI), the first Community Based Organisation in Nigeria led a march in Lagos marking the 14th International Sex Workers’ Rights Day. The programme mobilised over 50 sex workers, civil society organisations working with the female sex worker community and the media.

8th April 2014 by NSWP

A Coalition of more than 50 civil society organisations (Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law) advocating for non-discrimination in Uganda filed a petition at the Constitutional Court in Uganda on 11 March 2014.

12th March 2014 by NSWP

The ongoing debate on homosexuality in Kenya is likely to affect the fight against HIV, Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has said.

In a statement, Mr Macharia said Men having Sex with Men are among key groups that contribute to new HIV infections in Kenya and called for a sober approach on the debate.

28th February 2014 by NSWP